A ban on abortions following the 20th week of gestation is already on North Carolina’s statutes. But until now, that law was unenforceable because of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling and a related case from 1992, called Planned Parenthood vs. Casey.
That law becomes enforceable with the new ruling, said constitutional law professor Theodore Shaw at the University of North Carolina School of Law.
But can more be done?
Less than 2% of abortions are conducted after the 20th week. This means that 98%+ of all abortions occur in less than 20 weeks. This means that the current laws on the books are not enough to protect the innocent of life. North Carolina should be pushing our legislators for a complete ban on abortion unless there is a, medical emergency: A condition which, in reasonable medical judgment, so complicates the medical condition of the pregnant woman as to necessitate the immediate abortion of her pregnancy to avert her death or for which a delay will create a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, not including any psychological or emotional conditions.
The NC Legislator has filed House Bill 31, known as the Detected Heartbeat/Prohibit Abortion.
The sponsors include: Kidwell; Hanig; Cleveland; C.Smith Clampitt; Faircloth; Gillespie; K.Hall; Iler; McNeely; McNeill; Miller; Moss; Pless; Potts; Rogers; Strickland; Wheatley; Willis; Winslow; Yarborough
You can contact them by clicking on the names and sending them a message in support of the bill.